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House looks to cut ACA funding in FY 2019 HHS spending bill

June 15, 2018

The House Appropriations Committee's draft fiscal year 2019 spending bill to fund HHS would cut or completely eliminate funding for several health care programs, while increasing funding for others.

Exercise—not vitamin D supplements—is best for preventing falls among seniors, USPSTF says

April 20, 2018

In a change from 2012 guidance, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in new recommendations advise older adults to avoid taking vitamin D or calcium supplements to prevent falls and fractures and instead focus on exercise.

Why do so many clinical trials exclude the elderly?

April 18, 2018

Older adults have long been underrepresented in clinical trials, but experts say policy changes could lead more elderly patients to participate in clinical studies—and improve the quality of care for the entire geriatric population.

Do you take a daily multivitamin? It might not improve your health.

April 6, 2018

Vitamin supplements are widely used in the United States, especially among adults ages 65 and older, but there is scant evidence that they work to prevent chronic diseases.

Are Amazon and AARP teaming up to take on health care?

March 22, 2018

Babak Parviz, Amazon's vice president of special projects, says, "We have looked at the older population in the context of health ... and we know this group has a lot of issues and unmet needs."

The Great Recession raised US residents' blood pressure—literally

March 14, 2018

A new study finds the Great Recession was associated with a rise in blood pressure and glucose levels among U.S. residents, particularly those under age 65 who were employed and homeowners over age 65.

Orange juice sales soar as flu reaches 'pandemic' levels—but all that vitamin C won't help, experts say

February 13, 2018

Orange juice sales in the United States are spiking as CDC data shows the country is experiencing a particularly virulent influenza season, but experts say there is no evidence showing that the vitamin C contained in orange juice will help prevent the flu.

Nursing homes continue to overprescribe risky antipsychotics, report finds

February 6, 2018

A new report from the Human Rights Watch states that "U.S authorities, in particular [CMS], are failing in their duty to protect some of the nation's most at-risk older people" by not holding nursing home facilities accountable for inappropriately administering antipsychotic drugs.

UK officials push back on Trump's tweet disparaging NHS

February 6, 2018

President Trump yesterday took aim at congressional Democrats for pursuing universal health care legislation by citing ongoing protests in the United Kingdom (U.K.) about the country's single-payer health system—but U.K. officials are firing back, saying Trump has misinterpreted the protests.

Flu hospitalization rate just hit a record high—but we're 'by no means out of the woods,' CDC says

February 5, 2018

The rate of influenza hospitalizations this flu season is the highest in nearly a decade, according to the latest CDC data.

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